The Grove
10-12 Program

The Grove Highlights

  • Located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley
  • BC public school (no tuition), a part of Cowichan Valley School District
  • BC Certified teachers (curriculum resources, instructional support, and on-going assessment and evaluation)
  • Access to a wide range of courses online 
  • Resource / Learning Assistance teacher
  • Access to many Cowichan Valley School District learner supports
  • Access to a site based Principal
  • Small student- teacher ratios
  • Opportunities to work part-time on site (Drop-in Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 11 am)
  • Formal report of learning four times a year

Who is The Grove and who is it for?

We added The Grove to our name to better reflect the places and spaces in which we live and learn. We previously were know simply as Cowichan Valley Online Learning (CVOL).  Our program has been running in the valley since 1999!  As the Cowichan’s Blended and Online Learning school of choice, we offer flexible and individualized learning options for Kindergarten to Grade 12 learners throughout the valley. All The Grove courses are delivered in an asynchronous manner and are self-paced. Students can work though courses in space, place and at a pace that fits their needs.

The Grove classes are ideal for students with a wide range of needs. Some of our students take one or two online courses as part of a graduation plan. Some of our students are looking to upgrade a mark or jump ahead in their studies. Some of our students are elite athletes or performers that need a flexible school schedule. Some of our students find that online learning, for a variety of reasons, is simply a better fit.

We offer two grade 10 to 12 program options, a full-time program option where we become the school of record (SOR), and a cross enrollment option where a student who is enrolled at their current school (CSS, CHS, LCS, FKS, CVOLC) can take a few courses with us at The Grove (CVDL).

Further details…

Our courses are taught by SD79 teachers

Having a great teacher makes all the difference. All our courses are taught by skilled, Cowichan Valley School District 79 teachers who are subject specialist’s. Both options also offer two administrators and an academic advisor.

We offer a full-time schooling option leading towards a ‘Dogwood’ diploma

Full time 10-12 students can enroll with The Grove at any time and choose from a wide-range of academic and elective courses. These courses can be completed at any time and at any pace, allowing students to develop their own schedule and meet their graduation requirements at any time during the calendar year.

Courses are approved by the BC Ministry of Education

As part of the Cowichan Valley School District, our courses can be used toward a British Columbia Dogwood or Adult Graduation Certificate. We currently offer a wide range of courses that span all the full range of secondary studies. For a list of available course, see courses top tab above. All The Grove students also have the opportunity to pursue post-secondary schooling, including all of the dual credit programs offered by the district.

We offer dual-enrollment options!

Dual enrollment offers the flexibility to be enrolled in more than one BC school at a time, utilizing resources from more than one school district. Dual-enrollment gives SD79 students and high school guidance counselors more options to help to optimize local opportunities, put together more flexible scheduling, and add a self-directed component to conventional high school classes.

The Grove teachers visit our local high schools on a regular basis to check in with students who cannot make it to The Grove Learning Lab. The Learning Lab is available for drop-in (Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11 am) Teachers are available by appointment. We also have test site options at each of our local high schools.

Students can come to work on their courses, use our computers, photocopier and printers, as well as get one on one help on their courses. If you need to speak to a specific subject teacher, it is best to book an appointment.

Here we offer a Learning Lab that runs out of the CVOL building and is open:

Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 to 11 am 

*Additional learning lab times are available by appointment only*



Tuition is free for school-aged BC residents

The Grove courses are tuition-free to school age students who are Canadian citizens that reside in British Columbia.

About SD79 Career and Dual Credit Program Options:

Careers and Dual Credit is for school aged School District 79 students interested in taking advantage of a FREE TUITION opportunity to get a head start on their career plans. Students can participate in this program prior to or immediately after graduation as long as they are still school aged (under 19 as of July 1st). Some of the programs available to School District 79 students include: HCA (Health Care Assistant), ECE (Early Childhood Education), Welding, Mechanics, RACM, Carpentry, Plumbing, Horticulture Tech, Professional Cook Training, Electrician, Hairdressing and more.

The Careers and Transitions site contains practical information about finding a training program that matches a student’s skills and interests.

All of our FREE TUITION programs help students learn the core skills needed for a chosen career field, and many include hands-on work experience with local industry. Check our website for more information:

Career & Transition Website

Overview of the BC EDUC 10 to 12 Redesigned Curriculum

(Click on the description which will take you to the EDUC website)

Curriculum Overview

NEW Graduation Requirements

Graduation Policy Guide


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Cowichan Valley Option Learning (CVOLC)

1033 Nagle Street (MacKirdy Building)
Duncan, BC, Canada

Phone: (250) 746-0277
Fax: (250) 746-0255
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